The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique ride and hiking experience which is enjoyed by all.
The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel was opened as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city.
נווה פריצקי The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is about half a kilometer away from the Nahal Ein Kerem junction.
נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as many cyclists.
Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction due to its rich past. Elkin explained that nowadays as well as its rich history the tunnel construction project encompasses modern day tourism. “The opening of the tunnel is an additional aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and it’s transformation into an attractive tourist destination for everyone throughout Israel and around the world.
Elkin who is in charge of the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests hundreds of millions in Jerusalem’s tourism development and the development of innovative tourist attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of Jerusalem to the future. I invite all cyclists to visit and enjoy the new, well-maintained and modern route that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.
https://telegra.ph/Neve-Paritzki-Israel-is-celebrating-record-breaking-Tourism-Entry-From-the-United-States-09-18-2 נווה פריצקי A total of NIS 25 million was put into in the project, budgeted by Elkin’s ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the vision to alter the concept and transport in Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which will connect to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike routes in the city as well as those that will be paved throughout the city’s neighborhoods to encourage cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors, and also promoting the green revolution of transportation in the capital city.”
The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being utilized as an infrastructure tunnel which also includes the fifth line of water that runs to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.
נווה פריצקי “The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
In order to make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round the work includes road construction as well as the installing blowers.
The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, along with the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.